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Sameer Makarius is the third figure that combined theoretical or pedagogical work with
the practice of artistic photography in Argentina. He had an itinerant life. Born in Egypt, he
studied drawing, painting and sculpture first in Germany, and later in Hungary, where he
participated in the first exhibition of non-figurative art in 1946. He was part of the Hungarian
Group of Concrete Art, which had contact with Max Bill. Through Max Bill, Makarius met
Werner Bischof, a Swiss photographer and photojournalist who was the first member to join
Magnum after the four founders. After these encounters Makarius started what would become a
definite switch to photography.163 Before moving to Argentina in 1953, he was an active
member in that group of Concrete Art and only after three years of residing in the country, he
founded ANFA for Artistas No Figurativos Argentinos. Then, playing on his double role as a
painter, he joined the Arte Nuevo group with Arden Quin and Aldo Pellegrini. He also
participated in the Otra Figuración exhibition in 1961.
In regard to his images, he was a highly innovative photographer in that he created
completely abstract images through shooting directly, or by manipulating the negatives to
different degrees (Fig. 1.15). These abstract images are color photographs, but he called them
“Projectos grama.” Makarius was a versatile figure. He published a successful book with vistas
of Buenos Aires following Coppola’s tradition in 1960, while two years before he had dedicated
himself to shooting close ups of plants and vegetables.
Otra Figuración (1960−1965)
In 1960 the artists of Otra Figuración began to live and work together in an apartment building that doubled as a studio in Carlos Pellegrini Street in Buenos Aires. The collective included Rómulo Macció, Ernesto Deira, Jorge de la Vega, Luis Felipe Noé and for a short while, Antonio Seguí who exhibited briefly with the group but is not generally considered a member of Otra Figuración since his style quickly diverged. The “violent, disturbing” work that emerged from the group’s first exhibition at the Galeria Peuser in 1961, also titled Otra Figuración “reflected a nation whose history and everyday life were so marked by violent occurrences.”
Makarius inició su carrera fotográfica en 1946 en Suiza por incentivo de Werner Bischof. Además de su visión de la Argentina de las décadas de los años 50 hasta los 80's, ha incursionado en la realización de ***fotogramas y procesos fotográficos únicos, tales como su serie Bíblica (fotogramas hechos a mano - hand-made stills)** que expusiera en la Galería Peuser en 1961 junto al grupo de vanguardia pictórica "Otra Figuración" junto a jorge de la Vega, Rómulo Maccio, Ernesto Deira, Luis Felipe Noe y Carolina Muchnik.
***hand-made stills (fotogramas hechos a mano)
Autor de varios libros, entre los cuales los más destacados se encuentran
"Buenos Aires y su Gente" ( 1960 ) "Buenos Aires mi Ciudad" ( 1963 ) y la más reciente "Retratos y Textos de artistas " ( 2008 ), expuso en varias oportunidades en el Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, fue co-fundador del grupo de vanguardia " Otra Figuración " exponiendo sus cliché verrè de la Serie Bíblica junto a Jorge de la Vega, Ernesto Deira, Rómulo Maccio, Carolina Muchnik y Luis Felipe Noé en la Galería Peuser y Van Riel en 1961.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf5KAxlnlfw (narrated by his son - link which Phil provided already)
Sameer Makarius fotogramas serie bíblica Otra Figuración: fotografia sin camara
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